head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Definition of headgear

1 : a covering or protective device for the head
2 : a harness for a horse's head

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The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.
Recent Examples on the Web This protective headgear can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 great bike helmets to get right now," 23 June 2020 Due to the contagious nature of the virus, the room was sealed and could only be entered by medical workers wearing plastic suits and headgear. Danny Westneat, Anchorage Daily News, "This Seattle man’s COVID-19 survival was called a miracle. Then he got a 181-page bill for $1.1 million.," 15 June 2020 All of the helmeted officers had plastic shields on their headgear, but not all of them had their shields pulled down to cover their faces. Melissa Chan, Time, "Police in New York Are Defying State and City Orders to Wear Masks," 5 June 2020 Boxers in a clinch, amateur headgear butting into an opponent's chest. Marc Bona, cleveland, "16 things likely to become obsolete in a post-coronavirus world," 26 Apr. 2020 Because pronghorn antelope grow shedding horns rather than antlers, their headgear develops a little differently than the spreading racks of deer or elk. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The Keys to Deer Antler Growth," 26 Mar. 2020 At Reagan National Airport, the National Weather Service clocked a headgear-clutching gust of 36 mph. Washington Post, "At 72 degrees, it was an unusual January Saturday in Washington," 12 Jan. 2020 The purple matte helmets are quite viking, still featuring the gold vestige of Norse headgear. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL uniform power rankings 2020: Where teams stand after many alter looks this offseason," 16 Apr. 2020 For gas money and boxing equipment—gloves, headgear, shoes, whatever else was needed—Ortiz Sr. even sold his beloved Camaro. Dallas News, "Vergil Ortiz Jr. hopes to inspire Dallas area’s next boxing champ," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headgear was in the 15th century

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2 Jul 2020

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“Headgear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headgear. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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